Riding a bike is fun!
Bicycling is a great way to get around and to get
your daily dose of physical activity. It's good for
the environment, and it can save you money. No
wonder many communities are encouraging
people to ride their bikes more often!
Can you get to where you
want to go by bike?
Some communities are more bikeable than others:
how does yours rate? Read over the questions in
this checklist and then take a ride in your
community, perhaps to the local shops, to visit a
friend, or even to work. See if you can get where
you want to go by bicycle, even if you are just
riding around the neighborhood to get some
At the end of your ride, answer each question and,
based on your opinion, circle an overall rating for
each question. You can also note any problems you
encountered by checking the appropriate box(es).
Be sure to make a careful note of any specific
locations that need improvement.
Add up the numbers to see how you rated your
ride. Then, turn to the pages that show you how
to begin to improve those areas where you gave
your community a low score.
Before you ride, make sure your bike is in good
working order, put on a helmet, and be sure you
can manage the ride or route you've chosen.
Enjoy the ride!
How bikeable is your community?
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
National Highway Traffic
1. Did you have a place to bicycle safely?
a) On the road, sharing the road with motor
Some problems (please note locations):
No space for bicyclists to ride
Bicycle lane or paved shoulder disappeared
Heavy and/or fast-moving traffic
Too many trucks or buses
No space for bicyclists on bridges or in
Poorly lighted roadways
Other problems: _______________________
Location of bike ride (be specific):